Tribute to a mother for a life of dedication and service

2016-02-04 06:00
 The late Mantsudu Mateza

The late Mantsudu Mateza

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Nomakhosazana Victoria Virginia Mantsundu Mateza was born on May 24, 1935 at a village called Mnxe in the district of Cala in the then Transkei.

She was born of Sizinzo Charles and Nondawo Nozizwe Mhlom.

Nondawo, her mother was from the Ncalo family of the Mzima clan.

She was the third of ten children, five girls and five boys. She was brought up at Ndwana her mother’s village.

She started her foundation education at Ndwana, she returned to Cala to continue her secondary education at the Matanzima Secondary School.

After finishing standard eight, then also known as the Junior Certificate and proceeded to Victoria Hospital in Alice for a course in general nursing. She would proceed to Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth to specialise in midwifery.

As a nurse she worked at various places in the Eastern Cape before moving to Worcester, where she met our late father who hailed from Kareedouw.

After getting married they moved from Worcester to Cape Town and worked for the Cape Provincial Administration before moving to the Cape Town Municipality. She worked at community clinics in Langa, Gugulethu and after retirement continued to work at various clinics including Delft, Crossroads, Mitchell’s Plain.

She was also a coordinator of the St John Carers, a group that train health assistants.

She was a staunch member of the St Cyprians Anglican Church Mission in Langa and well-known for her contribution in the spiritual life of the Langa community.

Her marriage to Zolile Mateza was blessed with three boys Xolile the eldest, Luyolo and Tando.

She also came into the marriage with her daughter Xolisa and adopted her sister in law’s daughter Matey.

The latter has a daughter Fezekile with whom maNtsundu would form a bond second to none.

She is survived by her three sons, two daughters, 11 grandchildren and three great - grandchildren.

She will be buried at the St Cyprian Church in Langa on Saturday. May her soul rest in peace.

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